grow

[ groh ]
/ groʊ /

verb (used without object), grew, grown, grow·ing.

verb (used with object), grew, grown, grow·ing.

Verb Phrases

Idioms for grow

    grow a pair, Slang: Vulgar. pair1(def 23).

Origin of grow

before 900; Middle English growen, Old English grōwan; cognate with Dutch groeien, Old High German grouwan, Old Norse grōa

OTHER WORDS FROM grow

grow·a·ble, adjectivere·grow, verb, re·grew, re·grown, re·grow·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for grow up (1 of 2)

grow up

verb (intr, adverb)

to reach maturity; become adult
to come into existence; develop

British Dictionary definitions for grow up (2 of 2)

grow
/ (ɡrəʊ) /

verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)

Word Origin for grow

Old English grōwan; related to Old Norse grōa, Old Frisian grōia, Old High German gruoen; see green, grass
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Medicine definitions for grow up

grow
[ grō ]

v.

To increase in size by a natural process.
To develop and reach maturity.
To be capable of growth; thrive.
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Idioms and Phrases with grow up (1 of 2)

grow up

1

Become an adult, as in Sam wants to be a policeman when he grows up. [First half of 1500s]

2

Come into existence, arise, as in Similar social problems grew up in all the big cities. [Late 1500s]

3

Become mature or sensible, as in It's time you grew up and faced the facts. This usage may also be in the form of an imperative (as in Don't bite your nails—grow up!) [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with grow up (2 of 2)

grow

In addition to the idioms beginning with grow

  • growing pains
  • grow into
  • grow on
  • grow out of
  • grow up

also see:

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder
  • let the grass grow under one's feet
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